HC Deb 04 August 1947 vol 441 c115W
83. Mr. Collins

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that on 31st July in a London market marrows were sold at three for 1d., beans at ½d. per lb., and peas at 1d. per lb.; that these low prices were not sufficiently reflected in retail shops; and if, in order to avoid wastage and give the public the benefit of increased food supplies, he will impose maximum profit margins.

Dr. Summerskill

My information is that the most usual wholesale prices at the main London markets on 31st July were 2d. each for marrows, 3d. per lb. for runner beans, and 3½d. per lb. for peas, but retail price information is collected weekly and the figures for the past week are not yet available. It is, I am afraid, quite impracticable to impose maximum profit margins for vegetables of such a highly perishable character and subject to such fluctuating quality and prices.